Breed of the Month ~ October 2016
Italian Greyhound
Congratulations to Cara Vandiver

The Italian Greyhound is very similar to the Greyhound,  is the smallest of the family of Gazehounds (Sight Hounds) with ideal elegance, grace, and slender in all proportions; typically weighing about 8 to 15 lbs and standing about 13 to 15 inches tall at the withers. They are loyal affectionate in nature, combine the attentiveness of a loyal lap dog and intriguing complexity of ancient, aristocrat hounds. For Centuries they were breed as snuggling companions & will not tolerate being ignored. Being a true sight hound they will bolt after quick moving prey at the drop of a hat.  A short coated, low fat breed, they will need extra attention cold weather. They are in the ‘toy’ group based on their weight even though they are larger than other dogs in the category due to their slender bodies. It is also known as an I.G or IGGY.

The I.G.'s chest is deep, with a tucked up abdomen, long slender legs and a long neck that tapers down to a small head. The face is long and pointed, like a full sized greyhound. Overall, they look like "miniature" Greyhounds. Though many Italian Greyhound owners dispute the use of the term "miniature Greyhound" in reference to the breed itself, by definition of the American Kennel Club they are true genetic greyhounds, with a bloodline extending back over 2,000 years.

Their current small stature is a function of selective breeding. Their gait is distinctive and should be high stepping and free, rather like that of a horse but not a “Hackney type gate”. They are able to run with a double suspension gallop, and can achieve a top speed of up to 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). The color of the coat is subject of discussion as the UK Kennel Club, the AKC and the Australian National council, parti colored IG’s are accepted while the FCI standard for international shows allows white only on the chest and feet.

The first volume of the English Kennel club’s Stud Book listed 40 of the breed, volume III of the AKC Stud book(1886) contains the first IG Registration in this country although it was not until 1950 that as many as 50 were registered in this country

It is believed they originated in the Mediterranean Basin, possibly the countries now known as Greece & Turkey and was the favorite of the Italians of the 16th Century. They were frequently included in the Renaissance Paintings by such famed artists as Carpaccio, Van Der Weyden, David, & Bosch.  Also favored amongst Royal Families including the Consort of England’s James I, Ann of Denmark, Fredrick the Great of Prussia, Catherine the Great of Russia & Queen Victoria to name a few.

The IG makes a good companion dog, loves people but because of their slim build makes them somewhat fragile; injury can result from rough or careless play with children. Good with elderly, prefers a quiet household, at home in the city or the country. Daily exercise is a must; they love to run, make reasonably good watchdogs but are often aloof with strangers and easily spooked to run so owners should keep their dogs leashed when not in an enclosed area. A Martingale Collar is recommended when walking your IG. Coat is short, almost odorless, requires little grooming  

IG’s enjoy Confirmation, Agility, Straight-a-way runs, Lure Coursing

Champions !!

"CC" was 8 mo when she recvieved the 4 pt Major Win
Best Puppy Group 4 NOHS

"CC" at RMC Denver Major Win Best Puppy

"CC" RioGrande NM NOHS Group 4 Judge entries

"CC" Group 4 NOHS BVKC

Left - Jun 19-21 UKC Castle Rock Just Dogs - Family
( Blackie, PJ, CC )
Right - Cara & "Blackie" at UKC Top Ten 2nd Place

Jun 21 Show UKC Castle Rock "Blackie" BOB Group 2

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